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Oliver!

Putting Dickens' classic to music, this lavish 1968 production not only won an Academy Award for Best Picture, it also presented the master storyteller's tale of a young orphan championing over neglect, poverty, and crime, in a way most parents could share with their children. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Theater Release: 05 Oct 1968
Video Release: 11 Aug 1998
MPAA Rating: G
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Charles Dickens’ classic tale has been adapted to the silver screen many times. Check out these versions: Oliver Twist (1997), Oliver Twist (Roman Polanski’s), and the animation Oliver & Company. Other award winning (or nominated) lavish musicals include South Pacific and The Sound of Music.

Home Video Extra Features

Release Date: 11 August 1998—Oliver! Thirtieth Anniversary Tribute Edition
While the movie clocks in at a fat two-and-a-half hours, the extra features are rather lean. They include a short making-of featurette and some promotional trailers. But the quality of the restoration won’t leave you begging for anything more. Audio tracks are available in English (Dolby Digital 5.1) and French, with subtitles in English and French.

Special Note: Oliver! DVD & CD Gift Set
Release Date: 27 September 2005
This two-disc set offers the same DVD bonus features available in the 30th Anniversary Edition, plus a copy of the original motion picture soundtrack of Oliver!

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